The former Manchester City left-back, Benjamin Mendy was accused of raping a 24-year-old woman in a bed room in his house at Cheshire on the month of October, 2020. Mendy was also accused of attempting to rape a 29-year-old lady at his home two years prior.
At the initial stages of this year, Mendy was Found Not Guilty of any sexual crimes against a number of women however, the jury did not finalized the verdict with respect to two charges levelled against him. Mendy had denied both charges and was also vindicated by the jury of six men and six women at the Chester Crown Court. ” All the sexual intercourse I had was consensual”.
The court had been reliably informed about the meeting Mendy had with a British student in a nightclub in Barcelona in 2017. The friendship with Mendy’s friend became stronger hence, she scheduled to visit him at the footballer’s home the following year i.e 2018. After she spent a night with Benjamin, she claimed, he attempted raping her.
Further, Benjamin Mendy told the jury: “I asked her if we are OKAY to have sex. She told me, ‘No’ because of my friend. “I was like, ‘It’s fine, my friend says it is Okay, so if you want, he is Okay with that. It is when she started to be like that – upset, sad. I just left the room.” The lady later made an allegation that, Mendy took her phone from her and led her to a locked bedroom were Mendy threw her phone onto the bed and as she made efforts to get her phone,he allegedly raped her. Benjamin informed the jury, it was a mutual sexual agreement and had even exchange details on Snapchat.
Benjamin Mendy was questioned on whether he had held her down or forced her onto the bed. He said: “No.” He told the jury ” I will never force to have sex with a woman”.
After existing court, Benjamin’s solicitor Jenny Wiltshire said in a statement: “Benjamin Mendy would like to thank the members of the jury for focusing on the evidence of this trial, rather than the rumour and innuendo that have followed this case from the outset”.
“This is the second time Be Mendy has been tried and found not guilty by the jury. He is delighted that both jurors reached the correct verdict.”
Benjamin Mendy became the English Premier League’s most expensive defender when Manchester City paid a transfer fee of £52m to Monaco for him in 2017. He has won the world with the France national team in 2018 and three other club titles with Manchester city. Mendy is currently a free agent after his contract was not extended by Manchester city.